Francesco Meli, Irina Lungu & Lawrence Brownlee Highlight New National Theatre, Tokyo’s 2020-21 Season

By Francisco Salazar

The New National Theatre, Tokyo has announced its 2020-21 season, featuring four new productions and six revivals. Here is a look at what to expect next season.

New Productions 

The new season Opens with the company premiere of Britten’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in a new production by David McVicar originally seen at La Monnaie in Brussels. The opera is set to star Daichi Fujiki, Kerstin Avemo, Michele Angelini, Daniel Okulitch, Tamara Gura, Valda Wilson, and Henry Waddington. Martyn Brabbins conducts.

Performance Dates: Oct. 4-12, 2020

The season will see a newly commissioned work by Dai Fujikura entitled “A Dream of Armageddon.” The world premiere will mark Fujikura’s third opera, which will be directed by Lydia Steier. Artistic Director Kazushi Ono conducts “A Dream of Armageddon,” which will star Peter Tantsits , Seth Carico, Jessica Aszodi, Etsuko Kanoh, and Tetsuya Mochizuki.

Performance Dates: Nov. 15-23, 2020

The company will also present a new double bill of Russian operas including the company premieres of Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta” and Stravinsky’s “Le Rossignol.” Yannis Kokkos directs the new production with a cast that includes Hasmik Torosyan and Nikoloz Lagvilava in Stravinsky masterpiece and Ekaterina Siurina, Hidekazu Tsumaya, Yuriy Yurchuk, and Viktor Antipenko in Tchaikovsky’s final work.

Performance Dates: April 4-11, 2021

Àlex Olle directs a new production of Bizet’s “Carmen” with Stéphanie D’Oustrac in the title role, Migran Agadzhanyan, Alexandre Duhamel, and Ryoko Sunakawa, Kaushi Ono conducts.

Performance Dates: July 3-19, 2021


J. Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” returns to the stage with Christopher Franklin conducting a cast that includes Daniel Schmutzhard, Astrid Kesseler, Piotr Micinski, Aigul Akhmetshina, Kota Murakami, and Maria Nazarova.

Performance Dates: Nov. 26-Dec. 6, 2020

Francesco Meli, Chiara Isotton, and Dario Solari star in Puccini’s “Tosca” with Danielle Callegari conducting.

Performance Dates: Jan. 23-Feb. 3, 2021

Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” returns with Evelino Pido conducting in his house debut. He will lead a cast that includes Vito Priante, Ai Usuki, Aya Wakizono, Serena Gamberoni, and Filippo Morace.

Performance Dates: Feb. 7-14, 2021

Taijiro Iimori conducts Wagner’s “Die Walküre” with an all star that includes Iréne Theorin’s acclaimed Brunnhilde, Daniel Kirch, Egils Silins, Elisabet Strid, Ain Anger, and Mihoko Tridfujimura.

Performance Dates: March 11-23, 2021

Irina Lungu unites forces with Speranza Scappucci for Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor.” Both artists will be joined by Lawrence Brownlee and Matt Olivieri.

Performance Dates: April 18-25, 2021 

Luciano Ganci stars in the title role of Verdi’s “Don Carlo” with a cast that includes Michele Pertusi, Marina Costa-Jackson, Anna Maria Chiuri, Tomohiro Takada,and Marco Spotti. Paolo Carginani conducts the production.

Performance Dates: May 20-21, 2021